Stannah Key Paddington Progress

UK lift company Stannah has provided new escalators and lifts to improve access at Paddington Station in London.

The old taxi rank at Paddington Station closed on 12 February 2012 and in its place a brand new elevated taxi rank, created above Platform 12, opened for business. UK lift company Stannah has played a crucial role in developing the new facilities, supplying and installing escalators and lifts for essential access to the main concourse and platforms on the lower level.

After six months of accelerated work the deadline was met and the new taxi facility opened on 12 February 2012. This enabled Crossrail to commence its main station works on time, in line with the demanding schedule of works.

The area was then subject to further finishing cosmetic works in the summer of 2012.

Stannah engineers worked their final shift for over 24 hours in order to meet the deadline. Failure would have delayed the switch on of new traffic lights, preventing the opening of the new taxi rank and thus holding up Crossrail.

Andy Swift, project manager for the Paddington Integrated Project C272 at Carillion, praised the hard work of everyone involved in meeting the deadline.

“Through the very low temperatures over the final weekend, it truly was a great team effort that allowed us to overcome the challenges which we went through over the last few months and without everyone being dedicated and determined to achieve this goal we wouldn’t have made it,” he commented.

“Over the final few weeks it was clearly noticeable on site that the momentum was building up and determination to deliver on time was evident. Well done everyone.”

Ken Price, operations manager for Stannah Major Projects and Ian Carter, escalator and moving walkway department manager, added: “We were determined and delighted to meet the absolutely crucial deadline but are aware that there is further work to do to achieve the final finish to the whole area around the two escalators and two lifts.

“It was an amazing team effort that has enabled the new equipment to fully operational and providing the vital access for the public.”

The duplex16-person/1,200kg, two-stop, hydraulic, bespoke passenger lifts are finished to industry specifications and therefore meet the requirements of the Lifts Directive (95/16/EC) 1995 and EN 81-1/2 safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts.

Manufactured to the highest specification, both lifts are fitted with electronic 3D safety edges to all car doors, alarm push buttons and two-way communication systems in the cars and at each landing.

In-car speech synthesisers also provide lift travel information at each landing. Operating at a contract speed of 0.63 metres per second, they each feature landings with a clear access of 1,100mm x 2,100mm.

The pair of Stannah escalators run each side of a central stairway to the main station concourse. The units are heavy duty transport escalators manufactured and installed to Network Rail specification set out by Butler & Young Lift Consultants for contractor Carillion and client Crossrail.

This specification includes a full VVVF (variable voltage, variable frequency) drive system that enables slow speed control when traffic is low, thus conserving energy and in turn complying with BREEAM requirements.

All the Stannah lifting equipment at Paddington is supplied with guarantees and will be maintained by the Dartford branch of Stannah Lift Services, covering London and the South East branch as part of the nationwide service and maintenance contract with Network Rail.

Established in 1867, Stannah completes around 30,000 installations and more than 220,000 site visits every year. The company supplies, installs and maintains a range of escalators and moving walkways for a variety of applications across the UK.

Its highly trained engineers also look after more than 85,000 lifts, providing a 27/7, 365-days-a-year service covering both Stannah products and most types of lifts made by other manufacturers.

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